Chamber opposes SB1062

February 24, 2014

Today, the Board of Directors of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose Arizona Senate Bill 1062, “exercise of religion; state action.”

Chamber President and CEO Julie Pastrick released the following statement after the vote:

“There has been an overwhelming call from the Flagstaff business community for Governor Brewer to veto SB1062. The contents of this bill are of great concern to us and we believe it is not reflective of the character of neither our community nor our state.

“The Greater Flagstaff Chamber, in the days since the Arizona legislature adopted this bill, has received calls and letters from potential visitors to Northern Arizona expressing their displeasure with this legislation and their intention to cancel planned visits to our community in opposition. As a city that is Northern Arizona’s central hub of tourism, academic achievement, and economic development, we do not want to send a message that Arizona is not a welcoming place. We want our community and our state to be an inviting and attractive place for top talent and businesses that will be the foundation of our economy.

“The Greater Flagstaff Chamber is the largest rural Chamber in the state of Arizona, representing the interests of over 1,000 businesses and their 26,000 employees. It is our mission to advance a strong business climate and vibrant economy by being an advocate for business and a catalyst for community and economic development. Senate Bill 1062 juxtaposes the mission of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber and we ask Governor Brewer for her veto of this bill.”